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Joint Declaration by the Representatives-
in-Exile of the Polish Socialist Party and
the General Jewish Workers' Union of
Poland who represent today the entire
Polish Labor Movement
Published by the
Delegation of the Polish and Jewish Labor
Movements of Poland in the United States
175 East Broad w \y New York, N. Y.
Joint Declaration by the Polish Socialist
Party (P.P.S.) and the General Jewish
Workers' Union of Poland (Bund)
The present war which, on September 1, 1939, commenced
with a Nazi attack upon Poland has now, as a result of
Japanese treachery at Pearl Harbor and the declarations of
war against the United States by Italy and Germany, become
a World War.
The fate and future existence of an independent Poland
is organically tied up with the course of the present war and
its ultimate outcome. In this most crucial period in the
history of civilized humanity the representatives-in-exile of
the Polish Socialist Party and the General Jewish Workers'
Union of Poland deem it their duty to make the following
More than two years have already gone by since Hitler
invaded Poland. For more than two years now the Polish
people have been existing within the grip of a ruthless terror.
Lawlessness and violence reign on Polish soil, revealing to the
world Hitler's "New Order" in its bloodiest aspect. The
Polish masses, however, refuse to bow their heads before the
mailed fist of Nazism. Under unprecedented conditions of
terror and oppression the masses of Poland — workers,
peasants and intellectuals — struggle heroically against the
aggressor. The Polish and Jewish masses, united in their
common misfortune, conscious of their common fate and goal
to restore the independence of their country, to re-build
Poland upon a new foundation — to return the country to its
people— join hands fraternally across the ghetto-walls. The
Polish soldiers, too, fighting on many fronts in the present
war, shed their blood and offer their lives in the great struggle
for the freedom of all peoples.
The first and primary objective of the war is a military
defeat of the "Axis" powers — Germany, Japan, Italy — and
with it the total destruction of Nazism, Fascism and Japanese
militarism. In order to achieve victory it is necessary to have
the complete co-operation of all nations and states who parti-
cipate in this war against the "Axis" countries. Particularly
of decisive importance is the participation of the United
States of America on the side of the Allies — both because
of her military strength and her great industrial capacity
which makes the United States the arsenal of democracy,
supplying arms, airplanes and war equipment to Great Britain,
Soviet Russia, Poland and all other countries engaged in
this great struggle.
A role of vital importance in this war against the "Axis"
is also being played by the underground front of revolution-
ists who struggle in their countries against Nazism and
Fascism. At this very moment the underground movement is
undermining the strength of the aggressors. And, when the
military power of the "Axis" will be destroyed, this under-
ground front will supply those social forces that will pave
the way for a new, free Europe.
The struggle that the Polish people is now waging on the
side of the Allies is consecrated by the eternal ideals of
freedom, equality and fraternity. The movements of the
workers and of the peasants were always the torch-bearers of
these ideals. These movements fought for the democratiza-
tion of life in Poland, against all political, social and national
oppression. The movement of workers and peasants struggled
incCSStntly Against .ill forms ill dictatorship ami the brutal
methods of violence to which the democratic opposition ami
national minorities of Poland were subjected, as well as
against the policy of collaboration with Hitler Germany and
the attempts to transplant Nazi ideology on Polish soil. The
Polish and the Jewish masses waged this great struggle under
the banners of the Polish Socialist Party and the General
Jewish Workers' Union (Bund).
The vast majority of the Polish people is inspired today
by the ideals and principles of democracy. The labor move-
ment of Poland, through its representatives-in-exile, pledges
to devote all its strength and energy towards the realization
of these ideals and principles in life.
When the "Axis" powers are defeated and victory is
achieved Poland will rise again, re-built upon the foundations
of democracy and social justice. Together with the other
liberated countries the Polish Republic will create a lasting
Union of Free Peoples, a basis for the future co-operation of
all nations in equality and freedom. In the new social system
of Poland there will be no room either for the existence
or the rise of privileged groups and privileged social classes.
Political power will be vested in the people who are to be
guaranteed the democratic rights of freedom of speech,
freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, the right to wor-
ship, an universal system of education and habeas corpus. A
democratically-elected government and parliament responsible
to the people, independent courts of justice and democratic
self-government will form the political order of new Poland.
All citizens of Poland — regardless of race or creed — will
be guaranteed the fullest political, economic and cultural
equality. There will be no room in new Poland for national-
ism and anti-Semitism.
We believe that there is only une true solution for kill
so-called Jewish question: to assure the Jewish population of
Poland of complete equality and cultural autonomy. All
attempts to solve the Jewish question through forced immi-
gration, partial or complete, and by methods of coercion or
by exercising moral and economic pressure will be rejected
as contrary to the principles of democracy.
The economy of Poland will have to be reorganized on a
planned basis which will exclude all economic exploitation.
It will be controlled and regulated by the people in a
All citizens will be guaranteed the right to work and the
right to benefit in a just measure from the national income.
Following the expulsion of the invader from Polish soil
agrarian reforms will be instituted at once which will grant
the peasant the right to his land. All large industrial and
commercial enterprises including the financial apparatus of
the country shall be publicly owned and operated. Peasant
holdings, handicraft establishments, small industrial and trad-
ing enterprises as well as co-operatives shall receive govern-
ment subsidies and protection. The Government shall also
create proper protection for labor, for the health of the
working masses and guarantee them the benefits of a demo-
cratically-organized social security system.
Post- War Poland, reconstructed upon these principles, will
be able to develop economically at an accelerated pace, for
the benefit of all the people of the country.
To realize these aims in life the organized Polish workers
and the Jewish workers of Poland unite with the struggling
laboring masses everywhere. Our slogan is: LIBERTY FOR
US AND LIBERTY FOR YOU. For we firmly believe in
the victory of the forces of democracy. After this war, want,
exploitation and the threat of new wars will forever disappear
from the < ivlllxcd wo
the w,iy foi the triumph oi liberty, economic security, peace,
political and social democracy — for the cardinal principles of
a world socialist order.
Representatives-in-'Exjle of the
Polish Socialist Party (P.P.S.)
& The General Jewish Workers' Union
of Poland (Bund).
New York, N. Y , December 15, 1941
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